Marcia Muller, who had a stint as a journalist and is married to a fellow writer, is an American author of several series, standalone books, short stories, and anthologies. Marcia Muller, who has co-authored some of her work with husband Bill Pronzini, is most notably renowned for the Sharon sleuthing-related Sharon McCone series of novels. Sharon McCone, a female inquiry agentm is the featured protagonist of the “Sharon McCone” series of books authored by Marcia Muller. Muller’s first book portraying character Sharon McCone was published in 1977 called Edwin of the Iron Shoes, and the series of novels is shelved as mystery and suspense-cum-thriller genre.
Order of Cape Perdido Series
Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Series
|1||The Bughouse Affair||2013|
|2||The Spook Lights Affair||2013|
|3||The Body Snatchers Affair||2015|
|4||The Plague of Thieves Affair||2016|
|5||The Dangerous Ladies Affair||2017|
Order of Elena Oliverez Series
Order of Joanna Stark Series
Order of John Quincannon Series
|1||Beyond the Grave||1986|
Order of Marcia Muller Short Story Collections
Order of Marcia Muller Standalone Novels
|1||A Century of Mystery||1997|
|4||Kindling Point (Short Story)||2014|
Order of Sharon McCone Collections Series
|1||Beyond the Grave||1986|
|3||The McCone Files||1995|
|4||McCone and Friends||1999|
|5||Time of the Wolves||2003|
Order of Sharon McCone Series
|1||The Web She Weaves||1983|
|4||She Won the West||1985|
|5||Kill or Cure||1985|
|6||Chapter and Hearse||1985|
|8||Wickedest Show on Earth||1985|
|9||Beyond the Grave||1986|
|10||A Woman's Eye||1991|
|12||Women on the Case||1996|
Sharon McCone is a seasoned and much sought-after San Francisco-based private sleuth. She is an ambitious private detective who soon realizes that she has been carried away excessively by the investigative tasks which she undertakes.
The first book in the Sharon McCone series, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, starts by showcasing Sharon McCone who recently joined a law firm known as All Souls Legal Cooperative. This kick starts McCone’s private sleuthing career. Unfortunately for her, she has acquired little knowledge concerning her initial assignment which is all about investigating an antique dealer’s gory murder. The assignment takes her to an antique-belt which is also dotted with curio stores. But Marcia Muller must tread softly because that locale is not only stirring fear in the wake of vandalized shops, but she has also chanced upon a secret which, in the quest to hush it up, might possibly lead to a series of murders.
She goes to the antique shop whose then proprietor is the deceased person she is mandated for sleuthing. It is while she is there and amid a mannequin, dummy and stuffed pet, that she learns about the secret. In this serialized Sharon McCone, Marcia Muller has crafted a trend-setting book which buttresses her reputable storytelling prowess, and culminated in her being honored during the 2005 award ceremony of the Edgar Awards. In 2004, Marcia Muller’s Wolf in The Shadows had been nominated for the Edgar Awards.
Marcia Muller Awards
Marcia Muller has won varied awards and been nominated for others for her decades-long writing career which dates from her formative years. Incidentally, she first produced her self-published book while aged 12. Most notably, in 2005, Marcia Muller clinched the Grand Master Award which was proffered to her by the New York-based Mystery Writers of America group.
In 1993, Marcia Muller clinched the Lifetime Achievement award from The Private Eye Writers of America, truncated The Eye. What’s more, Muller had won the 1991 editions of the Shamus Awards for story titled Final Resting Place (this is in the serialized Sharon McCone) in the Best PI Short Story category. In 2010, her story titled Locked In, also a part of the Sharon McCone series, won a Shamus Award in the Best PI Hardcover category; similarly, the character Sharon McCone won a Shamus Award, under the Hammer category.
In 2008, Marcia Muller and her co-author-cum-husband won the Spur Award for their Crucifixion River, in the Best Short Fiction Story category. Did you know that Marcia Muller has clinched the Anthony Award six times? Lastly, Marcia Muller’s non-fiction has also won the Macavity Awards in the Best Crtical/Biographic Mystery Work category.
Marcia Muller Books into TV Shows/Movies
In the past, there have been alleged plans to adapt the Sharon McCone series authored by Marcia Muller for TV series. Spring Creek Productions, in conjunction with CBS-TV, was reportedly working on the film adaptation.
According to Marcia Muller’s 2007 collection titled Somewhere in the City, her 2003 work titled Time of the Wolves was adapted into the adventure action film titled Into the Badlands. Even then, Marcia Muller intuits that the specific part which forms the basis of the film was incorporated into the work of someone else and placed deep into the said film. The starring in that part is actor Bruce Dern.
Best Marcia Muller Books
Naturally, the following are the best books by Marcia Muller by virtue of winning the awards. The first, Locked In, is the 27th in the Sharon McCone series. Hereby, McCone is wounded and nearly paralyzed, prompting her to investigate about the mysterious attacker. The second, Wolf in the Shadows, is the fourteenth in the series; here McCone has succeeded in her sleuthing and is in a relationship with a little-known spouse.
Other Books You May Like
Readers who read the series written by Marcia Muller also read the following. One, Linda Barnes’ Carlotta Carlyle series; this revolves around a former law enforcer and private eye called Carlotta Carlyle who has an innate ability of sensing problems, especially when prompted by an elderly woman offering money in her quest for knowing where the brother is.
Two, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski; almost like Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, this series revolves around a Chicago-based private eye. Like the aforementioned, the third book, Karen Kijewski’s Kat Colorado, has a protagonist who is a private detective.